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A painting of St Philip Neri

Today is the feast day of St Philip Neri, a priest who gave spiritual direction in unconventional ways

St John Paul II appears following his election in 1978

On St John Paul II’s first feast day, we pick out piece from our archives that asks, how will history judge the Polish Pope?

The sculpture of Cardinal Newman at the London Oratory (Mazur/www.thepapalvisit.org.uk)

Newman’s feast day will be October 9

Pope Benedict XVI will make the announcement during the beatification Mass next month